You can help! Early alert for 22nd annual Fairmount Ravine Cleanup

February 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(WSB photo by Nick Adams, from 2013 Fairmount Ravine cleanup)
Even if you don’t live in the Fairmount Ravine neighborhood – that’s the ravine running under the eastern Admiral Way Bridge, from east Alki up to Admiral – you might consider helping out with neighbors’ upcoming annual cleanup. From Sarah Schieron:

Please mark your calendars for the 22nd (!) anniversary of our neighborhood’s annual clean-up of the Fairmount Ravine. This local natural treasure needs the loving care of our community to help remove garbage and invasive plants each year. Please join us to give this special greenbelt the TLC it deserves.

*Saturday, March 15th, 8:30 am (stay as little or as long as you can)

*Meet at the top of the hill at Fairmount and Forest – directly east of Hiawatha Park

*Refreshments provided

*Please wear gloves, boots and old clothes as we remove garbage and invasive plants

*All ages welcome – my two kids (5 and 2) truly enjoy this experience each year.

*Rain or shine

*We hope to see some of you soon!

Seldom a dull cleanup – here’s our report from last year, and the 2012 wrapup.

7 Comments

  1. Just a quick question….is this the area where homeless are living? We heard something about them being under a West Seattle bridge? Thanks.

    Comment by Bree — 12:14 pm February 25, 2014 #

  2. If you follow the links to past cleanups, yes, you will note that there have been encampments under the bridge. The area the volunteers address usually includes that AND other areas all around – trees that are choked with ivy, trash thrown out from passing cars, dumped items like shopping carts. It’s a big job.

    Comment by WSB — 12:16 pm February 25, 2014 #

  3. The police department assists us with clearing out the people sleeping under the bridge on event morning. After an incident in the past of a bad encounter with a dog owned by someone living under Admiral Way bridge, the police have partnered with us in this way.

    Comment by Sarah — 1:43 pm February 25, 2014 #

  4. Why didn’t they stay at Nickelsville? That’s a much better option than under a dirty bridge isn’t it?

    Comment by Seahawks Momma — 3:39 pm February 25, 2014 #

  5. SM, do you have some knowledge that below-bridge campers had resided at Nickelsville before it broke up? Even when the Highland Park encampment was there, there were still more than a few people camping in greenbelts all over our area and other parts of the city. – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 3:49 pm February 25, 2014 #

  6. wow, volunteer to clean up after homeless folks? awesome! i’m there!

    Comment by flimflam — 8:02 pm February 25, 2014 #

  7. flimflam, glad to hear you will be among the thoughtful folks participating in this cleanup. I would consider joining in, but am physically unable to do so.

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 10:05 pm February 25, 2014 #

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